Sculptures at the Ringling Museum.

In 1925 John Ringling traveled in Europe and carefully selected sculpture, to represent the best in Classical Art, from the Chiurazzi foundry in Napels. They had the privilege of making their molds directly from Roman antiquities.

The sculpture was meant for John's Ritz Carlton Hotel, being built on the southern tip of Longboat Key. Two years later, when his funds dried up and the hotel project sralled, John decided to put these sculptures in the museum, which was being built on his 32 acre grounds on Shell Beach, where Ca' d'Zan was recently completed.

Internal information:

- Height of the bronze David versus the marble
- Proportions of David are "wrong". NPR radio
- Vasari on David (how Michelangelo cheated a patron)

- Classic Casts Interview with F. Hack
- History of Chiurazzi Foundry
- Finishes for bronzes
- Conservation of the Bronzes by Michelle Scalera
- Farnese Bull installation

- Details on all front- and courtyard sculpture

- Bronze sculpture, lost wax method
    - direct, watch video
    - indirect, watch video

- What are Fauns ?

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